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I thought some of you might appreciate this story. My mom has always felt that all babies should be breasfed. She breastfed me and my brother for 5 and 10 months, respectively, with no support, and knowing only one other person who did so. I was weaned earlier, by the way b/c she had to return to work, was totally unable to express milk and couldn't get me to take a bottle so went cold-turkey.<br><br>
However, despite her strong pro-BFing feelings, she also thought it was something for babies - only. Babies should be weaned at one year b/c it could otherwise contribute to later problems with addiction. I'm not kidding. I asked her why - it was just her "feeling." No evidence. Needless to say this was frustrating & upsetting to me.<br><br>
Fast-forward to now, DD is 14 months old and still nursing. Guess who is the FIRST to suggest that DD needs a nursie when she's fussy? My mom! She tells everyone how wonderful and convenient it is that DD's still nursing, and really appreciated that DD would still nurse when she was sick and refusing to eat lately. She realized that were it not for nursing, DD might have ended up in the hospital to be hydrated!<br><br>
And a final note, my mom is a physician, so she's spreading the word among her fellow doctors too!<br><br>
ETA: My mom has also become a co-sleeping convert! She attributes DD's lovely disposition and confidence to it, and cannot believe how misguided we, as a society are, including how she used to feel! In the early weeks/months, she used to continually caution me that we had to get DD into her own room soon. No longer! And grandmom and DD take naps together during the day!
 

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That is awsome, that your mom is a convert and spreading the word!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> to Janey's mom!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I thought I too would pass along my nursing story. I went back to work when my daughter was just 6 weeks old. I purchased a Medela breast pump so I could keep my daughter on breast milk while I was away from her. I was so fortunate that I was able to express milk for 11 months and never had to use formula.<br><br>
Fast forward to age 3 (she's 3 1/2 now) when she stopped nursing! I highly recommend nursing through the toddler years (regardless of the comments you get)! Unfortunately we had to stop just a week shy of her third birthday because I had to take medication for a really bad eye infection that just wasn't responding to my own homeopathic concoctions! Anyway, now she says that she got the last drop of milk from my nursies. She's very matter of fact about it. I was sad to stop but I'm thankful for the time we had as I think it really made a strong bond between us! And as a full time working and single mom, the importance can't be understated!<br><br>
My mother also has become a sleep-sharing convert. When my daughter spends the night at Gramma's, guess where she sleeps? WITH Gramma!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Great stories. Our little ones are already changing the world!<br>
My mom has also been a big supporter of BF, but sarted making comments that there is a certain point when they are "too big for it". I always questioned her and she dropped it. Recently (dd is 23m) she has been increasing her comments about how great it is that we are still nursing, and how it has really helped dd through colds and a bad stomach bug.
 

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that is wonderful! i firmly believe our girls are so healthy because they still bf. when all the other twins we know of are sick over and over, they might get a sniffle if anything and just dont' get really sick. it has gotten them through tummy bugs (mild) a couple of times, and all the usual sniffles and toddler miseries.
 
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